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I purchased a macrame tutorial by Sherri Stokey on CraftArtEdu.com. It is a video tutorial of her Falling Leaves design.

I made a red and green bracelet for myself to wear at Christmas and then I made a teal and gold version that turned out a little bit short, I should have made 1 more leaf.

 

Just before the new year I decided to learn how to knit, so I got some very cheap needles and yarn and turned to Youtube for teachers.

There’s A LOT of tutorials out there but I started with HappyBerry Knitting because she’s also my crochet teacher on her crochet channel, HappyBerry Crochet.

However, I found it awkward to hold the yarn in my right hand so I searched for tutorials on how to knit holding the yarn in the left hand. This video here helped but I also found some helpful tutorials in Swedish.

I used one ball of bulky yarn to learn the knit stitch and it was pretty easy.  I made a few mistakes of course but it was fun so I think I will try to learn some more stitches. 🙂

 

 

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year! ♥

 

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So I’ve been thinking about my next giveaway and I’ve decided that it will happen when I can celebrate 3 100’s on social media.

  1. 100 followers on Instagram
  2. 100 subscribers on YouTube
  3. 100 likes on Facebook

Number 1 is already a check.

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The giveaway will be this bag of about 54 assorted clasps.

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So get to liking and subscribing if you’d like this giveaway to happen.

 

In other news, I made this macrame bracelet inspired by a picture that I (yes, again) can’t remember where I saw. If I come across the picture again I will put up a link to it.

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And I finally, thanks to the February issue of Bead & Button, I have learned to single crochet with beads. I already know the slip stitch method but I really like the way the beads sit on an angle in single crochet.
More on this later when the bracelet is complete.

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In this and the previous post I took the pictures with my new phone. It takes very nice pictures but I prefer to use my actual camera for that but all pictures I take with it ever since I came back from Sweden have a grey smudge on them. I have wiped the lens but it has no effect. Whatever it is must be on the inside.

The weather is so very gloomy here now, it is hard to take a good picture anyway, but I tried.
I have been beading more than what I can show here today.

I made another superduo bangle in green. I used a kumihimo cord for the armature again. I really like making these bangles.

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This macrame bracelet is inspired by a picture I saw somewhere, I can’t remember where but probably Pinterest. It is only the first section of the macrame that’s the same, after that I went my own way and ended up with this.
It is a little short because I miscalculated the length of the cords on the 2nd side so I had to end it before I had reached a length that would fit me. But the extender chain is rather long so you can still wear it but it would be a better fit for someone with a small wrist.
I might make another one and improve on the design and perhaps even make a tutorial. We’ll see.

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Until next time, have a nice 1 advent (if you’re into that, otherwise have a nice Sunday). 🙂

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Here’s what’s been beaded since the last post;
A Russian Spiral bracelet. Tutorial by Sara Spoltore here. I wanted to make a bangle like she shows in this video but I couldn’t figure out how to join the ends together so I made a bracelet instead. She says in the bangle video that she’s working on a tutorial for it but as far as I can tell she never posted one. 😦

A Superduo bangle from the October-November 2015 issue of Beadwork Magazine. Design by Lisa Kan.
I love this! It looks great and is actually easy and fun to make. I didn’t have any rubber tubing so I re-purposed one of the 16 strand kumihimo cords I made for dad, it worked just as well.
I made a matching pendant with the leftover beads, it just needs a chain.

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A pendant made with Rulla beads. I got this pattern for free when I ordered a bag of the Rulla beads from czechglaskralen.nl. Love that store! I like the pendant, simple but pretty. It is 27x27mm. This one also needs a chain.

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Micro macrame earring. Copied this design from a picture on Pinterest. I just saved the picture so now I don’t know where the pin came from. I’ll post a link here if I come across that picture again.
EDIT: I found the pin again, here it is. It doesn’t really go anywhere but at least you can see the picture that inspired me.

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As it turned out, my dad liked both of the bracelets (in the previous post), so much so that he is wearing them both at the same time.

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The large macrame bracelet I mentioned in the last post is finished. I don’t have a complete clasp for it yet though.
I’m very happy with it. It looks great even though there is one small mistake in it. But you’d have to look real close to even see it.

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The design is from CSLdesigns. I think her name is Christina. She is very talented and a great teacher. She does a mix of wirework, kumihimo and micro macrame. The tutorial for this design can be found here.

I liked this design so much I made another smaller bracelet in red.

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I made this Russian Spiral rope following this video tutorial from Beadaholiqe. I like the design but I have a feeling this will break quite easily. The bugle beads have sharp edges and even though I used thick Fireline to stitch this rope I think that if used for a bracelet, the bugles will eventually cut through the thread.

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All of the these micro macrame pieces are from the tutorials of Artemanual on YouTube. This channel is (I think) in Spanish but the instructions are clear and easy to follow. I used his tutorial to make my owl earrings a while back.
Click on the pictures to get a better look.

I made this, would be earring, but I didn’t like it so I never made another one. I found this tutorial on Pinterest, linking to this.

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thebeadedweek2015_06nMacrame School has a great macrame channel on YouTube. I made this little heart following their tutorial which you can find here.

I used chinese knotting cord for this one.

I made this little starfish, just because. I don’t know where I got this from. I snapped a picture of this before I started this blog and I don’t remember where I saw it so I can’t give you a link to the tutorial. I looked at the picture and figured out how to make one, pretty much. So the design is not mine but I made this little guy in the picture right here.

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And finally, this is the Tapestry bracelet, a new design from beadshop.com. I still don’t have a clasp for this one but I think it looks very nice.

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In other news, a ice-cream shop just opened up across the street. Oh boy!

And that’s all for now. Thanks for reading! ♥

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I’ll start this post with what I forgot to mention in the last one, the cone stitch.
This is a free tutorial by Kate McKinnon on YouTube, you can find it here.
I’d been wanting to try this technique for a while, I just never got around to it. Mine didn’t turn out too great but it is a nice project and as you can see in her video you can make a pretty awesome cone with this stitch.

And now, this is what I’ve been up to since the last post.

I made a pair of turquoise beaded ball earrings with copper findings. Turquoise and copper always look so nice together.

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I purchased a tutorial from Cynthia Newcomer Daniel’s shop JewelryTales on Etsy. It is called “I love links” and you can buy it here.
I love this design. All seed beads and thread, yummy! I haven’t finished it yet because I’m not sure if I want to make it into a bracelet or keep going and make an awesome chunky necklace.
I call mine “Breaking Bad” because I was re-watching Breaking Bad (for the 4th time I think) while I was making it and it has those lovely green turquoise beads. 🙂

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In september last year I purchased a tutorial from Julia S. Pretl for a Tiny Turtle box. I only recently got around to beading it.
I love this little guy! Isn’t he adorable?
I forgot to keep track of how many needles, thread and/or beads I broke while stitching this guy together but it was at least 4 beads and 4 needles that broke.
This turtle design comes in 3 sizes. You can buy them all here.

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I finished off my pack of 25 #12 John James needles. I wrote the date of the first needle being taken from the pack and that was October 31 2013 and the last one taken out was May 16 2015 so 25 needles lasted me 19 months. I break a lot of needles, 13 on the box challenge alone, not counting the turtle box, I used #13 needles for that one.

And right now I’m working on a large macrame cuff that is still pinned to the board so no picture of that one yet but I did post a picture on Instagram of my work in progress. Link to that over there on the right somewhere. —–>

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading! ♥

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These earrings are another free pattern from Linda’s Crafty Inspirations. If you don’t already follow her blog I suggest that you do, she blogs a lot and offers plenty of inspiration.
The pattern can be found here. It’s easy to follow and the earrings are fairly easy to make, although I don’t know what kind of witchcraft she’d use to get through the same 15° so many times. I could only go through a few times and after that I just had to turn around instead. You’ll know what I mean if you try the pattern. Turning around is not a problem though, the thread wont show up, at least mine didn’t.
I think they turned out great. They are very pretty earrings, the pictures I took does not do them justice.

And here’s another Lovely Lace Bracelet from the same lady. I’ve blogged about this pattern here. I made this one with Miyuki dark bronze seed beads and I think it turned out better than the bronze one I made before. You can get the free pattern here.

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thebeadedweek2015_05dI got some new cord from this shop and made another macrame ring. This one turned out a little bit bigger than the pink one I made with another type of cord. This blue one is a waxed polyester cord. I loved working with it, it is so much easier to get nice knots with a waxed cord. I also used bigger beads, 8° Toho in bronze and dark bronze, because I could not fit the 11°s on this cord even though it is supposed to be the same size. Ah well, I like the ring anyways. 🙂

thebeadedweek2015_05cI bought this tutorial from SmadarsTreasure on Etsy. The design is so pretty but for some reason it did not turn out that way for me. I guess it is a tension problem as usual and I think I’ll just undo this one and maybe start over with a different color.

Thanks for reading! ♥

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In the last month I’ve been beading, playing and doing some home improvement. We’re finally getting some new furniture in here like a brand new couch. No more sitting on a dirty mattress on the floor for us! It is still pretty messy though, there’s still no place to store things but that’ll change in the next month.

And now for the beading. Not been much of that now that I look at the pictures. These five pairs of earrings went up on my Etsy shop yesterday.

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thebeadedweek2015_04bI bought the pattern for this ring on Etsy. You can buy the pattern here. It’s not the best tutorial I’ve seen but for the price I guess it’s ok.
I regret making the ring with this color cord. It just looks like I’m wearing a band-aid. I’ll make another one in a different color. I got the cord from this shop in Thailand. It’s not great quality but it’ll do.

These next 2 pairs of earrings are inspired by pictures I found on Pinterest.

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Thanks for reading! ♥